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The Power of IVF with Pre implantation Genetic Screening (PGS)

a blog by Dr. Michael DiMattina, Dominion Fertility, March 5, 2015

Here is an interesting patient of mine who used PGS, taking advantage of the cutting edge reproductive technologies available today to have a healthy baby. Now, she is gearing up for her second pregnancy again using IVF and PGS. Here’s her very fascinating story.

Tubal Factor Infertility


a blog by Dr. Mark Payson, Dominion Fertility, July 7, 2014

“Ana” started crying. We had just reviewed the results of her initial fertility evaluation and the results indicated that her fallopian tubes were blocked. Her husband’s sperm count was also a little low, but she focused on her own “failure” with “broken tubes.”

Tubal factor infertility – or any situation in which the fallopian tubes are nonfunctioning (blocked, absent, dilated, etc) is one of the most common causes of infertility. It can be due to an infection in the past, a history of appendicitis, the presence of fibroids, a prior surgery, even sometimes after delivery or cesarean section. Some women will have no history of any of the above and still have blocked tubes, or may have had an infection as a teenager that was never recognized.

Report Your Pregnancies and Births to the Sperm Bank, Please

a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Laboratory Director for Fairfax Cryobank, July 3, 2014

Sperm banks rely on parents via sperm donation to report successful pregnancies and births to track the number of families attributed to each donor. There are numerous ways to report: call, email, online forms, etc. Almost all sperm banks now have an internal limit on the number of families per donor, but the only reliable way to track that is through recipient self-reporting. Your information is confidential; it will not be released to the donor or anyone else.

Is Donor Sperm Safe?

a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Laboratory Director for Fairfax Cryobank, June 24, 2014

One of the questions I am asked most frequently is, “Is the donor sperm safe?” Women want to ensure that the sperm sample being used for their insemination is safe and will not put them or their potential child at risk.

Is it Worthwhile to Test IVF Patients for Ureaplasma?

a blog by Dr. Michael DiMattina, Dominion Fertility, April 10, 2014

Hi everyone. Dr. DiMattina here to discuss the clinical issue of ureaplasma in infertility patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Studies show that this organism is often found on the cervix of 17 to 25% of patients with infertility. Cervical testing may be limited in detecting the presence of ureaplasma and many patients also have the bacterium present in the endometrial cavity regardless of whether or not it is present or detected on cervical testing. Detection of ureaplasma in the endometrial cavity is limited. Data from many studies suggest that untreated cervical or endometrial ureaplasma may lead to implantation failure or possibly spontaneous abortion but admittedly, much of the data comes from older literature.

Limitations of AMH to Determine Ovarian Reserve

New information is available about the limitations of the current assay for serum Antimullerian Hormone (AMH) for determination of your ovarian reserve.

A recent study published in the February, 2014 journal of Fertility and Sterility evaluated the current assay used to determine serum AMH and found that the values obtained in the newer current assay may be flawed, resulting in significant clinical implications for patients who are told they have decreased ovarian reserve when, in fact, they may not.

ASRM Congratulates the U.S. Senate on Approval of Veteran Fertility Legislation

a blog by Claire, December 15, 2012

Legislation regarding health care and fertility benefits for veterans was approved by the U.S. Senate and is on its way to the House of Representatives. The “Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2012” mandates coverage of fertility counseling and fertility treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Don't Ignore the Pain of Infertility, Even on the Other Side

a blog by Melinda Davis, April 24, 2011

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week, and the theme for this year is “Don’t Ignore Infertility”. Although I have been blessed to reach the other side by being surprised with a miracle pregnancy, infertility is still something I think about on a daily basis.

I think most people think that once you achieve a pregnancy, all of the heartache and trauma of infertility automatically disappears. But I have learned that’s not the case. The memories are still fresh, and although the pain has been softened and replaced with joy, the scars remain and a layer of guilt has been added.

I feel guilty for seeing my dream come true, because my heart still aches for those still waiting. There are times I walk around in public noticing all of the other pregnant women around me, and wish I had a pin or something to wear saying “I have been there, and understand your pain” to encourage all of the friends and strangers still longing for a family.

When Dreams Come True — My Infertility Miracle

pregnancy after infertility

a blog by Melinda Davis, March 6, 2011

In 2007 my husband and I began our journey into parenthood with no idea what we were in for. Like most couples, we didn't expect it would lead us down the road of infertility. After I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), we went through years of fertility treatments until my body finally gave out in 2010, and we were told conceiving a child of our own just wasn't possible. The news was devastating, but eventually we accepted it and moved on. We began exploring our options for adoption, but after almost two years of research and prayer, we simply didn't have peace in knowing that was God's ultimate plan for our family.

So we continued to wait, not knowing if we would ever become parents. I began my infertility blog Fresh Conceptions, and after a year, was asked to begin professionally blogging for FertilityAuthority.